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Singapore (VNA) -
Singapore tops Southeast Asia in terms of COVID-19 infections, with a record 1,426 cases announced on April 20 raising its total to 8,014.

It surpassed Indonesia and Malaysia on April 19 in terms of infections. The majority are foreign workers living in dormitories, with concerns held about infections spreading in the community, especially from asymptomatic patients.

It is forecast that its total could reach 20,000 later this month.

From April 20, 180,000 construction workers, primarily living in dormitories, will be put under quarantine until May 4.

Singapore handed over free face masks to about 400,000 immigrant workers and 250,000 housekeepers on April 20. Each foreign worker will receive two reusable cloth masks and one medical mask, funded by philanthropists under the “MaskForce” initiative.

Singapore will continue social distancing measures and enhance inspections and punishment to mitigate any spread of infections in the community./.